Continuing Legal Education

A Child Custody Trial

October 10, 2013 to October 11, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (both days)
16.00 MCLE hours, including 16.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa
444 Eagle Ridge Drive
(map and directions)

Register Early - Space is Limited!

Don’t miss this theatrical demonstration of a child custody trial – from start to finish!

The child custody trial is an emotional and distressing time for your client – and because the outcome depends on how effectively you can represent the case to the court, it is imperative that you get the experience you need to confidently guide your client through the process while ensuring a successful end to the case. Join us as judges, experts and experienced practitioners come together for this two-day trial practice demonstration in which opening statements and witness examinations are presented. Each witness examination is followed by an interactive discussion in which the Assistant Judges review and comment on the rulings and testimony with the audience. The trial concludes with closing arguments and the court’s decision. Breaks and lunches will be set and witness testimony will be held over until court reconvenes as in an actual trial. Family law attorneys and child law practitioners with all levels of practice experience will benefit from the lessons demonstrated through this mock trial!

The program uses the hypothetical fact pattern, custody evaluation, and GAL report originally presented in ISBA’s January/February “Child Custody Litigation” CLE seminar. Program registrants are asked to read/reread these documents, which will be provided to registrants prior to this seminar.


Program Coordinators:
Pamela J. Kuzniar, Esq.
, Private Practice, Chicago
Rory T. Weiler, Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles

Program Moderators:
Pamela J. Kuzniar, Esq.
, Private Practice, Chicago
Jennifer A. Shaw, Jennifer A Shaw P.C., Edwardsville

Program Presenters (Roles):
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman
, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Urbana (Trial Judge)
Deanna J. Bowen, Law Office of Deanna J. Bowen, Gurnee (Mother – Jane Jones)
Paul Chatzky, Law Offices of Paul Chatzky, Northfield (DCFS Worker – Joe Therbine; Court-Appointed Facilitator – Lyle Grace)
Dr. Mary E. Doheny, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago (LCSW – Gloria Pickard; Dr. Wanda Simons)
David L. Gates, M.A., LMFT, CSADC, Gurnee (Medical Treator – Dr. Myster Sandman; Dr. Dick Monroe; Dr. Mark Preston)
Kelli E. Gordon, Feldman Wasser Draper & Cox, Springfield (Father’s Attorney)
Morris L. Harvey, Law Offices of Morris Lane Harvey, Mt. Vernon (Mother’s Attorney)
Dr. Frank M. Lani, PhD., Chicago (Dr. Marius Wonderful; Dr. John Piaget)
Hon. Pamela E. Loza, Cook Judicial Circuit, Chicago (Assistant Judge)
Hon. Timothy J. McJoynt, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton (Assistant Judge)
Hon. Brian R. McKillip, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton (Assistant Judge)
Lisa M. Nyuli, Ariano, Hardy, Ritt, Nyuli, Richmond, Lytle & Goettel, P.C., South Elgin (GAL – S. Bea Anthony)
Arlette G. Porter, Law Office of Arlette G. Porter, Chicago (First Grade Teacher – Fran Frank; Teacher – Carol Teacher)
Jon J. Racklin, Clark Racklin & Roth, Ltd., Olney (Father – Jared Smith)
Dr. Sol R. Rappaport, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Connections, Libertyville (604b – Und Erdstudy)
Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Cook Judicial Circuit, Chicago (Assistant Judge)
Elisabeth A. Ritter, Kalcheim Haber, LLP, Chicago (Medical Treator – Dr. Bette Sinton)
Susan W. Rogaliner, Attorney at Law, St. Charles (DCFS Worker (Ms. Ann Public)
William J. Scott, Jr., Momkus McCluskey, LLC, Lisle (Father’s Attorney)
Jennifer A. Shaw, Jennifer A Shaw P.C., Edwardsville (Swing Attorney; Dr. Frankie Elliot)
Jennifer L. Stallings, Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C., Elgin (Child Care Provider – Judy Sitter)
Rory T. Weiler, Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles (Mother’s Attorney)
Roger E. White, Clark Racklin & Roth, Ltd., Olney (Police Officer – Det. Marble)